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Singapore, Korea wins third gold

6th July, Singapore: Top-seed Basil Low won Singpaore's third gold in the Boy's Masters while third-seed, Sim Ui-Jin denied Singapore a double to win the Girl's Masters and Korea's third in the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 which concluded on Monday.

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Basil Low, who shared second place in the first block yesterday, was trading second spot throughout the second block between Filipino, Collins Jose until they went into the position round match.

The Singaporean beat leader, Choi Kyung-Hwan, 236-211 in the crucial match to claim topseed with a two-block total of 3576, winning 10 matches altogether. Choi finished second with 3558, 18 pins adrift while the final stepladder spot went to Jose on 3507.

A closely-fought first stepladder match saw Choi edging Jose, 218-211 to advance into the championship match with topseed, Low. The 17-year-old Team slver medalist, started a cracking pace with a turkey followed by another four strikes-in-a-row from frame five unsettling his opponent and taking the first game, 236-220.

Boy's Masters Gold
Basil Low winning Singapore's third gold

Despite conceeding a split in the opening frame of the second match, Low went on a strikefest reeling in 9 consecutive strikes which got the large crowd of local supporters cheering wildly.

Choi conceeded the match and settled for the silver, 213-265 allowing Low to win the first gold for the boys 501-433 total pinfalls and Singapore's third in the games. Jose took home the bronze, a first medal for his country, Philippines.

"Sure I was a little nervous in the beginning but once I was able to get three strikes from the start, I settled down very well," said the newly-crowned champion, Basil Low. "We've work hard for this championship and I'm glad everyone of us has taken home a medal."

"All the bowlers did Singapore Bowling and our country extremely proud with such an exceptional performance," said the delighted SBF and FIQ President, Ms Jessie Phua. "The coaches have done an incredible job in preparing for this championship and I'm so very proud of them too."

Justin Lim stormed home with a superb 248 in his position round match but missed the stepladder finals to finish fourth with a total of 3439 while overnight leader, Peerawich Rungcharoem of Thailand took fifth spot with 3427.

Boy's Masters Medalists
Boy's medalists, Choi, Basil and Collins

Singapore could have ended the games even grander had topseed and two gold medalist, New Hui Fen been able to beat her challenger, Sim Ui-Jin of Korea in the girl's title match. Hui Fen, who had a dismal first block finishing eighth last night, shot the tournament's only perfect game earlier today.

The 17-year-old Sport Science student completed the second block in pole position with a scintilating display of sheer fighting spirit to haul herself from eighth by winning seven of the eight matches contested.

She topped the field with 3524 to advance into the stepladder finals as topseed. Overnight leader and teammate, Darshini Krishna gave Singapore plenty to cheer for when she finished second with 3502 to join Hui Fen in the stepladder finals.

But her dream to win an individual gold was dashed when she was outclassed by third-seed, Sim Ui-Jin of Korea, 199-249 in the first match to settle for the bronze medal. Sim went on to beat Hui Fen, 443-350 over the two-game total.

Girl's Masters Medalists
Girl's medalists, Hui Fen, Sim Ui-Jin and Darshini

Sim easily won the first match, 239-182 and 204-168 as Hui Fen just could not get into her usual strides and had to settle for the silver. Hui Fen has won two gold and two silver medals in the games making her the highest achiever for the country.

"Although I had a chance to win my third gold but lost to the Korean, I'm still very happy to come away with two gold and two silver medals," said Hui Fen.

"I've two gold and one silver to take home from my most memorable championship ever," said the 17-year-old Sim Ui-Jin, who also won three gold and a silver medal in her first international assignment for her country at the Asian Schools Championship in Hong Kong earlier this year."

Singapore emerged the overall champion with a 3-3-2 medal haul while Korea won 3-2-4. Hong Kong was the only other country who won two gold medals in the Boy's Singles and Team event.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Top spot for Singapore girl

5th July, Singapore: Doubles Gold medalist, Darshini Krishna of Singapore stormed home in the final game of the Girl's Masters first block finals of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 to snatch top spot on Sunday.

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Two gold medalist and hot favourite, New Hui Fen started her campaign with a cracking pace by winning her first match with 233 in the 8-game round-robin matchplay finals but had to share the lead with Chinese Taipei's Chang Yu-Hsuan.

But Hui Fen won her next two matches to stay in front and stretched her lead to 74 pins from Filipina, Madeline Llmas followed by Japan's Misaki Mukotani and fellow-compatriot, Darshini Krishna in third and fourth.

Despite losing her fourth match, Hui Fen was able to retain the lead after she posted 201 but found her lead drastically reduced to 10 pins from another Japanese, Shinobu Saito closing the gap.

Girl's Masters 1stBlk Leader
Darshini Krishna taking up top spot

Disaster struck the 17-year-old Singapore leader as she could only manage 169 and 179 in her fifth and sixth matches giving up her lead to Korea's Oh Nu-Ri. The Korean held the lead after the seventh match being pursuit by Mukotani and Darshini sharing second spot, 20 pins adrift.

Darshini stormed home by winning the last two matches with two sizzling 278 and 258 to snatch the top spot with a total of 1742. Sim Ui-Jin finished stronger of the two Koreans to take up second with 1732 while Oh settled for third with 1693.

"Although I only won three matches, the two high games towards the end helped to finish ahead," said Darshini Krishna, who partnered Hui Fen to win the Girl's Doubles gold on the second day of the competition.

"I'd have been happy to finish in the top 3 but to lead the field is indeed satisfying. I'll have to work harder tomorrow to remain where I'm and that's exactly what I intend to do."

New Hui Fen ended up in eighth position with a total of 1617, 125 pins from Darshini and 76 pins from third spot. "Hui Fen encountered a bad patch and I guessed she tired off a bit especially after the three days of the championship and the intensity of the competition," said coach William Woo.

Girl's Masters 1stBlk 2nd and 3rd
Sim Ui-Jin and Oh Nu-Ri finishng second and third

"I'm sure she will recover tomorrow and try to make up grounds. After winning two gold medals, much is expected of her to perform."

"My right thigh was hurting before the start this morning and I had a low game," said the 17-year-old Sim Ui-Jin, who won a gold and two silver medals in the Asian Schools Championship in Hong Kong this year. "I need to have a good rest tonight and hopefully I'll be fitter tomorrow."

The girls will resume their second block of 8 games on Monday morning followed by the boys in the afternoon. The top 3 girls and top 3 boys will advance to the stepladder finals for the final two gold medals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Thai youth snatches pole

5th July, Singapore: Thailand's Peerawich Rungcharoen snatched pole position of the Boy's Masters first block finals of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 which resumed at Orchid Bowl on Sunday morning.

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Thailand's Peerawich Rungcharoen set a blistering pace with 278 in the opening game of the 8-games round-robin matchplay first block finals to take a 23 pins lead over Indonesia's Dennis Ranova.

The Thai continued to lead after the second game but found his margin reduced to just 2 pin as Ranova closed in on Peerawich with Filipino, Collins Jose and Singapore's Basil Low in close company.

While Peerawich dropped his pace in the next two games, it was the Ranova who surged into the lead at the halfway mark followed by Choi in second, 16 pins adrift and Jose in third a further 12 pins away.

Boy's Masters 1stBlk Leader
Peerawich Rungcharoen leading the first block

The lead changed hands in the next four games as the battle for the lead heated up. Eventually, Peerawich finished the strongest amongst the top 4 to end the block with 1863 and took pole position despite winning four matches only.

Choi and the strong finishing Low tied second spot with 1835. Choi won five matches while the Singaporean youngster won five and tied two matches. Justin Lim ended a creditable fifth on a total of 1786.

"I'm very surprised that I managed to lead here," said the 16-year-old high school student from Bangkok, Peerawich. "This is my third international tournament and I'm enjoying the competition and hope that I can win at lease a medal."

"I bowled well today and to finish in the top 3 was my aim," said the 17-year-old Basil Low, who won a silver medal in the Team event yesterday. "I hope I can maintain the same pace if not better tomorrow and hope to make the stepladder finals.

Boy's Masters 1stBlk Top 3
Top 3 finishers, Choi, Peerawich and Basil

The boys will return to the lanes for their second block of 7 games plus the position round match to determine the top 3 who will advance to the stepladder finals. The girls are schedule to start later this afternoon.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Hong Kong upstages favourites

4th July, Singapore: Hong Kong upstaged the favourites to win their second gold medal of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 when they triumphed in the Boy's Team event from the strong finishing host nation, Singapore in second.

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Hong Kong's Wong Kwan Yuen, Tsang Yin Ki, Tse Chung Yin and anchorman, Michael Mak Cheuk Yin got off to a good start with 819 as the second block resumed at Orchid Bowl Saturday afternoon to take over the lead.

Overnight leader, Japan suffered a disasterous 680 to place themselves out of contention while Singapore's Basil Low, Brandon Lee, Christopher Hwang and Justin Lim posted 782 to take up second, 97 pins behind Hong Kong.

While Hong Kong posted another good score of 833 in the fifth game, Indonesia made their bid with a strong 884 to haul themselves up to fourth as Korea fired two strong games to take over third spot with Singapore dropping to fourth.

Boy's Team Gold
Hong Kong winning their second gld medal

With 105 pins margin going into the final game, Hong Kong boys prevailed to end with 774 and a total of 4971. Korea shot 880 with a hope of taking the silver but Singapore fired a sizzling 918 in their final game to snatch the silver with 4952 leaving Korea with the bronze.

Indonesia fumbled with 816 to missed the podium with 4860. Hong Kong hung on to take the gold, just 19 pins ahead of the Singaporeans while Korea ended 27 pins behind in third.

"The boys were extremely nervous once they knew they were leading but fortunately they had 105 pins margin over Indonesia and 150 pins over Korea going into the final game," said coach Purvis Granger.

"I was as nervous as they were and I'm glad they pulled it off. The boys totally deserve the victory and I'm so happy for them to be able to take home a gold medal each."

"Hong Kong has made a lot of progress of late, so it was no surprise that they picked up the gold," said the youngest team member and 16-year-old Brandon Lee of Singapore. "We're happy with the results and we were not paying too much attention to the scores," said the Doubles silver medalist, Christopher Hwang.

Boy's Team Silver
Singapore picking up a second silver medal

Dennis Ranova posted the highest 6-game series of 1372 followed by Michael Mak who shot 1341. Korea's Hwang Dong-Jun topped the All Events table with 4070 ahead of Michael Mak in second with 3970.

The top 16 boys based on not more than two from the same country, made the cut for the Masters finals from the All Events standings.

Photos bt Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Convincing victory for Korea

4th July, Singapore: First block leader, Korea took a convincing victory in the Girl's Team event to win their second gold medal of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 ahead of host nation Singapore and Japan.

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With only 12 pins margin over second-placed Japan after the first block of 3 games played yesterday, Korea's Oh Nu-Ri, Yoo Ka-Hee, Hong Hae-Ni and Sim Ui-Jin fired a superb 874 to stretch their lead to 112 pins while Japan downed only 770.

Japan recovered slightly with 854 in their fifth game but the Koreans were equally impressive knocking down 857 to maintain their margin against the Japanese. Singapore suffered a setback again with 785 but retained third.

With the large crowd of local supporters urging their players, Singapore went on a strikefest which put pressure on the Japanese but had little affect on the Korean quartet. Although Korea only downed

Girl's Team Champion
Korea winning their second gold medal

779, they still manage to end the block with 73 pins margin on a total of 4967 to take the gold.

Singapore's 928 gave them the silver medal with 4894 while the Japanese settled for the bronze medal with 4715 after a disasterous 666 in the final game. Philippines finished distant fourth.

"We had a selection last year and almost 2,000 youths turned up," said team manager and national youth coach, James Kim. "We had one full year of preparation and we're happy to win the gold today.

"The girls were quite tense in the first event but after that they settled down nicely and were able to bowl more consistently," added Kim.

Sim Ui-Jin posted the highest 6-games series with 1356 with Japan's Misaki Mukotani second with 1279. Singapore's New Hui Fen topped the All Events with 4031 ahead of Misaki and Sim in second and third.

Girl's Team Second
Japan taking second spot

Only two from each country are allowed in the Masters Finals based on the All Events standings. Macau's Chan Weng Sam and Hui Tong, Taipei's Chang Yu-Hsuan and Hsu Shih-Ting made the finals..

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Korea sets course for second gold

3rd July, Singapore: After winning their first gold in the Girl's Doubles, Korea set course for their second after they led the Girl's Team first block of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 ahead of Japan and Singapore.

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Despite a mediocre start in the opening game, Darshini Krishna shot 257 to carry her team-mates, Anthea Soh, Ilima Nur Jannah and two gold medalist, New Hui Fen to lead the field of nine teams just 3 pins ahead of Japan.

Suffering the same faith as the boys earlier, the team managed a lowly 727 to drop down to fourth as Korea's Oh Nu-Ri, Yoo Ka-Hee, Hong Hae-In and Sim Ui-Jin surged into the lead with 816 in the second game, 18 pins ahead of Japan in second.

Another superb 826 gave the Korean team the lead at the end of the first block with a total of 2437. Japan's Yuka Oshima, Mikie Hamamoto, Shinobu Saito and Misaki Mukotani took second spot with a total of 2425, 12 pins adrift the Koreans.

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Korea finishing as leader in the
first block

Singapore redeemed some pride to recover with 762 and claimed third spot with 2304, 133 pins off the leader and 112 behind Japan. Indonesia, who was third before the final game, ended up in fourth with 2275.

Despite only knocking down 571 series, New Hui Fen continued to lead the All Events standings with 3330 after 15 games played. Korea's Yoo Ka-Hee posted the highest 3-game series of 658 whle Mukotani's 642 put her second behind Hui Fen in the All Events table.

The girls will resume their second block of 3 games tomorrow morning while the boys will take to the lanes in the afternoon. The top 16 girls

Girl's Team Blk1 Second
Japan taking second spot

and top 16 boys (maximum of two from each NOC) will qualify for the Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Japan hangs on to lead

3rd July, Singapore: Japan hung on to lead the first block of the Boy's Team event of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 from Hong Kong in second and Singapore third as competition resumed on Friday.

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Doubles bronze medalist, Brandon Lee and Christopher Hwang, who teamed up with Basil Low and Justin Lim, gave Singapore a dream start in the opening game of the Boy's Team event with a record-breaking 946.

Basil led the charge with a scintillating 268, followed by Brandon shooting 207, Christopher 243 and Justin Lim anchoring the team with 229 for a 67 pins lead over Team Philippines in second and Japan third.

But the Singaporean boys failed to repeat their first game pace and posted a humiliating 703 when they reached a pair of difficult lanes in the second game. Japan's Satoshi Hamanaka, Yusuke Yamamoto,

Boy's Team Blk1 Leader
Japan taking the lead in the first block

Hiroki Takada and Takuma Echigo surged into the lead with Singapore dropping to third.

Philippines trailed in second, 13 pins adrift with Hong Kong team moving up to fourth position. Fortunately for Singapore, the boys recovered from their hugh setback to end the block with a stronger 835 to retain third with 2485.

Japan hung on to the lead with 2552, just 7 pins ahead of the strong-finishing Hong Kong in second on 2545 after a superb 905 third game. Philippines dropped to fourth with 2412.

Singles gold medalist, Michael Mak of Hong Kong, posted the highest 3-game series of 720 with Japan's anchorman, Takuma Echigo second with 708 and Hong Kong's Tse Chung Yin third with 705.

Boy's Team Blk1 Second
Hong Kong storming home for second

The boys will resume their second block on Saturday afternoon while the girls will commence their first block of 3 games later today and their second block tomorrow morning.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Korea lands a gold medal

2nd July, Singapore: After a silver and three bronze medals, Korea finally landed a gold medal when Choi Kyung-Hwan and Hwang Dong-Jun topped the Boy's Doubles event of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 on Thursday evening.

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Thailand's Phumin Klanbida (261) and Peerawich Rungcharoenm (277) started a cracking pace with a record-breaking 538 opening game but was quickly caught up by Korea's Choi Kyung-Hwan and Hwang Dong-Jun reducing the deficit from 48 to 7 pins after the second game.

The Thais continued to drop their pace allowing the Korean pair to take over the running at the halfway mark, 11 pins ahead with Singapore's Brandon Lee and Christopher Hwang making their bid.

As the Koreans continued to lead, Brandon and Christopher moved into second spot after the fourth game to trail by just 9 pins with Japan's Satoshi Hamanaka and Takuma Echigo in third while Thailand dropped out of contention.

Boy's Doubles Gold
Doubles gold medalist, Choi Kyung-Hwan and Hwang Dong-Jun

Hamanaka and Echigo shot a superb 493 in the fifth game to edge the Korean pair by just 2 pins as the field were closely bunched up together. And despite a strong 469 in Japan's final game, it was the Koreans who stormed home stronger with 503 to snatch the gold with 2711.

Japan settled for the silver with 2679 while the Singapore pair of Brandon and Christopher knocked down a scintillating 514 to bounch back for a bronze medal with 2596 robbing another Japanese pair of a medal.

"I'm happy for 16-year-old Choi and 17-year-old Hwang," said team manager, James Kim. "This is their first international tournament and they've displayed superb composure."

With two gold and a bronze medal, Singapore now led the medal tally ahead of Korea, who has one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Hong Kong has one gold medal in the opening event yesterday.

Boy's Doubles Silver
Hamanaka and Echigo with their silver medals

The Team of Four will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each on Friday and Saturday. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the 18-game total in the All Events standings will qualify for the Round-Robin Masters finals on Sunday and Monday.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Second gold medal for Singapore

2nd July, Singapore: Singapore won their second gold medal of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 when New Hui Fen partnered Darshini Krishna to a runaway victory in the Girl's Doubles event Thursday afternoon.

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Fresh from winning the nation's first gold medal in the Singles event on Wednesday, New Hui Fen partnered Darshini Krishna to race away with a sizzling 524 team total in the opening game to lead the Japanese pair of Yuka Oshima and Misaki Mukotani by 35 pins.

The Singapore pair stretched their lead to 111 pins at the halfway mark after knocking down 444 and 419 in the second and third games. Apart from a slight glitch in a 387 fourth game, the duo bounched back with 439 and 467 to romp home a comfortable winner.

Hui Fen amassed a six-game series of 1400 while her partner, Darshini posted 1280 to win Singapore's second gold medal with 2680.

Girl's Doubles Champion
Doubles champion, Darshini Krishna and New Hui Fen

"We didn't feel any pressure going into today's event and we were just focusing on giving our best," remarked the two gold medalist, New Hui Fen when asked if she felt more pressure after winning the first gold yesterday.

"Hui Fen covered me in the third game when I managed only 185 but I return the favour in the fourth game when she bowled only 172," said the shy Darshini, who first tasted success winning the Asian Intercity Championship team gold in 2008.

Thailand sprang a surprise and upstaged favourites, Korea to clinch the silver medal. 14-year-old Horwong School student, Yanee Saebe downed 1158 and 15-year-old Tanaprang Sathean posted the highest 6-game series of 1421 for a team total of 2579.

Korea's Sim Ui-Jin and Singles bronze medalist, Oh Nu-Ri settled for the bronze medal with 2504. Indonesia's Priyanka and Rinnie Prominintia missed the podium with a fourth-place finish on 2450 total.

Girl's Doubles Silver
Yanee Saebe and Tanaprang Sathean of Thailand

The boys will take to the lanes for their 6-games Doubles event after lane maintenance. The Team of Four will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each on Friday and Saturday. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the 18-game total will qualify for the Round-Robin Masters finals on Sunday and Monday.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Singapore delivers first gold

1st July, Singapore: Asian Intercity two gold medalist, New Hui Fen delivered Singapore's first gold medal of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 after claiming a comfortable victory in the Girl's Singles on Wednesday afternoon.

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Anthea Soh of Singapore posted a sizzling 246 in the opening game to lead Korea's Oh Nu-Ri by just 2 pins but lost the lead to Japan's Yuka Oshima after the second game despite registering 208.

Asian Intercity Masters and Team gold medalist, New Hui Fen, who was seventh, bowled consistently with 192, 237 and 236 to take over the lead at the halfway mark and opening up a 41 pin lead over Oh Nu-Ri.

The 17-year-old Singaporean continued her relentless pace to keep the lead with a strong 220 in the fourth game and stretched her lead to a further 66 pins after another excellent 267 in the fifth with Japan's Misaki Mukotani trailing in second.

Girl's Singles Gold
New Hui Fen celebrating her victory

Despite stronger finishings from Misaki and Korean, Oh, New's 204 in her final game was enough to seal the victory and gave Singapore it's first gold medal with a 1359 total. Misaki settled for the silver with 1314 while Oh took the bronze with 1308.

"For sure there is tremendous pressure on home soil but the fifth game really eased a lot of that pressure," said the Singapore Sports School student, Hui Fen after the medal presentation.

"But the crowd and supporters here are a great help which urged me to this victory which makes me extremely happy and proud. I still have to thank my coaches for guiding me throughout the event."

Hui Fen's team-mate, Krishna Darshini who was second after the fourth game, missed out the podium and pushed down to fifth after another Korean, Sim Ui-Jin posted a high game of 279 in the final game to take fourth spot.

Girl's Singles Medalists
Singles medalists, Misaki, New Hui Fen and Oh Nu-Ri

Competition resumes with the Girl's Doubles in the morning while the boys will contest theirs in the afternoon The Team event will be held on Friday and Saturday over two blocks of 3 games each.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Hong Kong wonder kid triumphs

1st July, Singapore: Hong Kong wonder kid, Michael Mak Cheuk Yin does it a gain as he stormed home in the final game to snatch the Boy's Singles opening event of the 1st Asian Youth Games underway at Orchid Bowl on Wednesday.

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Ebrahim Mohannad of Kuwait raced into the lead of a field of 59 youths with an sizzling opening game of 258 ahead of Collins Jose of the Philippines in close second just 7 pins adrift. But a poor 137 in the second game saw Ebrahim thumbling down the field as Korea's Hwang Dong-Jun took over the running.

Hwang held the lead until the halfway mark as Thaiand's Phumin Klanbida surged into the lead after the fourth game, 12 pins ahead of Hwang with Hong Kong's Michael Mak in a close third a further 14 pins away.

A strong game from another Korean in the fifth saw Park Ji-Soo becoming the new lead with Hwang retaining second and Michael Mak edging closer to the Korean duo.

Boy's Singles Gold
Michael Mak snatching the first gold medal

Michael then went on a strikefest reeling home an awesome 278 in the sixth and final game to snatch the gold medal with a total of 1396 and an impressive 232.67 average. Park, 17 of Myung Ji High School, managed only 216 to settle for the silver with 1381.

Park's team-mate, Hwang clinched the bronze medal with 1345 while Phumin Klanbida missed the podium with a fourth-place finish on 1332.

"I had two splits in the second game but fortunately, I struck out to end with 196," said the 15-year-old Michael Mak. "I was slightly disappointed for failing to win a medal in the Asian Schools championship in May, so I trained harder."

"I'm glad that the hard work paid off. Thanks to my coaches for putting in all the work during our preparations."

"We spent a lot of time in going through the basics after the Asian Schools with the boys and it's beginning to bear fruits," remarked the coach, Puris Granger. "We worked hard on the sparing and if it wasn't for that, we might not have won the gold."

Boy's Singles Silver and Bronze
Silver and bronze for Park Ji-Soo and Hwang Dong-Jun

Host nation, Singapore had Justin Lim as their best finisher in eighth position on a total of 1293 behind Korea's Choi Kyung-Hwan, Japan's Takuma Echigo and Satoshi Hamanaka in fifth to seventh positions respectively.

Thirty-nine girls will take to the lanes for their Singles event later in the afternoon. The boys will resume with the Doubles Thursday afternoon.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

Youth games attract 16 countries

30th June, Singapore: The inaugural Asian Youth Games 2009 Tenpin Bowling event has attracted a total of 16 countries which will kickoff on Wednesday at Orchid Bowl in Orchid Country Club.

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More than 6,200 spectators were treated to a visual spectacle which showcased the exuberance of youth and multi-cultural diversoty of Asia during the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 opening ceremony on Monday.

The opening ceremony show segment was a sight to behold with three exciting mass displays titled "Garden in the City", "Asia's Zest" and "Spirit of Evolution" unfold at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Singapore's Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest of Honour. Representatives from the Olympic Council of Asia and the Singapore National Olympic Council were also present to witness the memorable event.

Teams Parade
Teams parade during the openng ceremony

In his speech during the ceremonial segment, Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of the Asian Youth Games Steering Committee, said: "The Asian Youth Games are being held in the true spirit of Olympism - with the value of excellence, friendship and respect."

These three values were embodied in the two-day Torch Relay event which began on June 28. Three torch bearers, comprising Singapore swimmer Tao Li, bowler Remy Ong and shooter Jasmine Ser then lit the cauldron with their torches, bringing the relay to an end.

Of course, the stars of the AYG were the athletes themselves. The crowd cheered and applauded as the contingent of 1,400 athletes participating in the AYG marched into the arena from the centrestage, backed by harmonious sounds from the Singapore Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Timothy Fok, Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia said: "I am confident that the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore will add a new and bright chapter to the history of the Games and will be a benchmark for others to follow."

Despite the pulling out of the Malaysian contingent citing fears on the H1N1 pendemic, the bowling teams had their official practice today at Orchid Bowl following the team managers' meeting held last night.

VIPs - Mr Ng, Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Timothy Fok

A total of four events - Singles, Doubles, Team and Masters, will be contested and eight gold medals are at stake. The boys will kick off the championship with their Singles tomorrow morning followed by the girls in the afternoon.

The Doubles will be staged on Thursday thereafter the Team event split into two blocks of 3 games each over Friday and Saturday. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls in the All Events standings, will make the cut for the Masters Finals on July 5 and 6.

The top 3 at the end of the round-robin Masters finals will advance to the stepladder finals with the second-seed against the third-seed over a one-game playoff. The winner will meet the topseed over two-game total pinfalls to determine the champion.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Singapore.

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